Social issues, please

by Daniel P. Murphy - University student

As far as I have seen, no gubernatorial candidate has done a particularly exceptional job in stating their stance on immigration laws or reform, with the exception of publicly criticizing the Arizona Immigration Law allowing police to investigate the legal status of any âÄúapparent immigrant.âÄù Yet that remains exclusive to Independence candidate Tom Horner and DFL candidate Mark Dayton. Republican candidate Tom Emmer first promoted the law claiming it was âÄúa wonderful first stepâÄù in immigration reform, and later, after Arizona began facing legal issues with the new law, retracted his statement. Though I didnâÄôt have a chance to see it personally, I know Emmer also uncomfortably evaded questions surrounding general social issues such as gay rights in the gubernatorial debate on Friday.
Perhaps job growth opportunities and economic stability are at the center of this upcoming election with a mounting budget deficit. But in any case, itâÄôs important to consider the pressing issues so meticulously imbedded in the social fabric of our community and the stances our gubernatorial candidates take with regard to these quandaries. We need to look at what makes us work as a social system: our jobs, education, economic development and, more than anything, the people who often contribute to the base of this pyramid day in and day out without receiving the continual support so many of us take for granted. IâÄôm talking here about immigrants, legal or not, and their contribution to the groundwork of a society.
If you vote, I urge you to consider these things in selecting a candidate that suits your political background.